Category: Pests & Disease

Detection of a bean pod borer moth, Maruca vitrata, in Florida

Bean pod borer moth, Maruca vitrata, is a significant pest of legume plants (Fabaceae). The caterpillars feed on a wide range of plants in the legume family.  They are currently found in Mexico and other pantropical regions. In Florida,… Read More

Coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros

The coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, is a major pest of cultivated palm trees. It primarily attacks coconut and African oil palms, but it is also a threat to sugarcane, papaya, and pineapple crops. Economic losses occur due to… Read More

South American fruit fly (Anastrepha fraterculus)

The South American fruit fly, Anastrepha fraterculus, is a pest of over 110 host plants, including several crops grown in Florida, such as citrus, strawberries, and peaches. A. fraterculus actually a complex of several species that have yet to be… Read More

Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis)

The oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) is a highly destructive pest of fruit crops. It has a wide host range including nearly 500 fruits and vegetables, but is most commonly found attacking avocado, mango and papaya. Females live 1-3… Read More